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3 Reasons Why You Should Add Mozzarella Cheese To Your Diet

3 Reasons Why You Should Add Mozzarella Cheese To Your Diet

Cheese is more than just calcium, it also provides high quality protein needed to help stay healthy. Its origins date back to ancient times when travelers from Asia are believed to have brought the art of cheese making to Europe. According to an ancient legend, the first cheese was accidentally made by an Arabian merchant who carried his milk in a pouch made from an animal’s stomach. The rennet in the lining of the pouch combined with the heat of the sun and caused the milk to separate into curd and whey. That night he found that the whey satisfied his thirst, and the cheese (curd) satisfied his hunger.

Everyone who loves melting cheese on things knows mozzarella, it is the cheese that melts so easily and creates that characteristic string after biting into it. Mozzarella is made by mixing buffalo, cow or goat milk (or a combination) with an enzyme called rennet or an acid and allowing it to form into curds which are then heated and stretched until the white cheese reaches its characteristic bouncy consistency. Processed mozzarella is usually available in whole milk, part skim milk and skim milk varieties.

Processed mozzarella is sold like other commercial cheeses: in balls, slices, shreds or sticks at the grocery store. We love mozzarella in almost all of its forms, but there is a type of mozzarella we do not recommend -- pre-shredded. It is certainly more convenient to dip into a bag of pre-shredded mozzarella, for times when you are making something in a hurry and do not have to time to shred some. Shredded cheeses are dusted with an anti-caking agent such as cellulose, starch and calcium carbonate, as well as mold inhibitors, to prevent the cheese from sticking together. Just more additives our bodies do not need! Buy a block or ball of fresh mozzarella to shred yourself.

As it is made from milk, mozzarella is a dairy product that provides important nutrients in a healthy diet:

  • It contains biotin, vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin and riboflavin. These are all water soluble vitamins which the body does not store, so eating mozzarella regularly satisfies an immediate nutritional need. These vitamins are important to maintain vision, the formation of red blood cells and healthy skin. Mozzarella also contains fat soluble vitamins such as A, D and E, which are important for absorption of calcium, bone growth and protection of cell membranes.
  • Mozzarella is a great source of calcium. Calcium is important to protect tooth enamel and maintain bone structure. Mozzarella also contains phosphorus, which is essential for the body to use calcium. Other nutrients found in mozzarella include iron, sodium, potassium and chloride.
  • Eating mozzarella offers other health benefits in addition to the vitamins and minerals it provides. Mozzarella is a good source of protein, which is important for muscle maintenance and energy. Consuming mozzarella may protect against gout, a painful condition that results in the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. The calcium found in mozzarella may also contribute to weight loss and provide protection against metabolic syndrome and breast cancer, which is a group of conditions that increase the risk of developing heart disease or stroke.

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